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Brain and The Breath
Transcript of Brain and The Breath
By: Sam Cass
Autonomic Nervous System
The Autonomic Nervous System is located at the top of the spinal cord.
The Autonomic Nervous System is what controls everything you do unconsciously. For example: heart rate, digestion, and respiratory rate.
The Respiratory System is made up of airways are pipes that bring oxygen into the lungs, but also carry out carbon dioxide from the lungs.
Air ways are made up of nasal cavities, your mouth, trachea, bronchi and the larynx
The lungs and blood vessels ultimately deliver oxygen to the body and remove carbon dioxide as well, with the help of bronchi oles.
The Respiratory Rate Also known as the ventilation frequency is the rate of ventilation, or the number of breaths taken within a set amount of time (typically 60 seconds)
Muscles near the lungs expand and contract the to allow breathing. Those muscles include the diaphragm, intercoastal, abdominal, neck and collarbone muscles.
Muscles near the lungs expand and contract to allow breathing. Those muscles include the diaphragm, intercoastal, abdominal, neck and collarbone muscles.
Diseases and Conditions
Damage in the breathing process can result in trouble while breathing
If people with asthma breathe in substances they are sensitive to, their airways will become narrower.
Breathing in cigarette smoke or air pollutants over time can lead to COPD which prevents proper airflow.
The Connection between the Brain and the Breath
The connection between the Brain and the Breath is centered around the autonomic nervous system because it controls the breath.
Breathing is a subconscious activity becasuse your body's Autonomic Nervous System controls it, as it does many other functions in your body.
The Autonomic Nervous System lives within The Central Nervous System
The CNS is broken up in 3 parts; Hindbrain, Midbrain and Forebrain. In the Hindbrain is the Medulla.
The breathing function resonates there along with the heartbeat, blood pressure, coughing and swallowing
Emotions can drastically alter respiratory rate. Some emotions can speed it up, but others can keep it neutral or even slow it down.
Respiratory Rate While Exercising
Muscles & Heart burning calories = more oxygen
Blood picks up oxygen through lungs and delivers it to muscles
As exercise levels increases, breathing rate increases
The autonomic nervous system delivers the message that more oxygen is needed so lungs can distribute more oxygen to blood
More you exercise more Carbon Dioxide produced
Faster breathing rate means more carbon dioxide being expired